Petraeus Scandal Reveals Limits of Email Privacy

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CIA Director David Petraeus speaks to members of a Senate (Select) Intelligence hearing on "World Wide Threats" on Capitol Hill in Washington in this January 31, 2012 file photo. CIA Director David Petraeus has submitted a letter of resignation to President Barack Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)

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The ongoing investigations concerning Generals David Petraeus and John Allen offer insights into the security of online communication and the media's access to military officials, says Zeynep Tufekci a visiting scholar at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy. "The personal accounts we all use — our Gmail accounts, our Yahoo accounts, I think most people would be shocked to learn how little legal protection they have," Tufekci says. "This is what the scandal is revealing, is how little protection those communications have from surveillance."